Fabulous events raise crucial funds for marine science education and provide exciting opportunities for participants. Event sponsorships are available for most events.

Auction 2016 BannerWHALE OF AN AUCTION


Every bid you make helps our ocean.

The 2016 Whale of an Auction is NOW CLOSED.

Have any questions about the auction or want to know when you can expect to receive or pick up your item(s)? Please contact Amy Kaskowitz at (831) 459-3694 or akaskowitz@ucsc.edu.

This charity auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. Because of people like you, thousands of children, families, and people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Thank you to our donors and bidders who made this year’s auction such a success! 

2016 Donation Information
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Thank you, 2016 auction donors.
Thank you, 2015 auction donors.

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COMMUNITY TUESDAY at Shadowbrook Restaurant!
On April 12, the Shadowbrook Restaurant gave back one-third of the evening’s food and beverage sales to support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. We raised over $700 just by eating great food. Thank you Shadowbrook… and all of you that came and joined us! 



This is an elegant event during which an award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual who is making a difference for our oceans –– while award-winning cuisine is paired with fine wines and exceptional friends. It originated in 2004 with an honorary award to former UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.

This event is sold out.
Wait list available. Please call (831) 459-3800

2016 Global Oceans Awards Gala
Saturday, March 5, 2016
6 PM
University Center, UC Santa Cruz

You are cordially invited to join us at this wonderful benefit event to support the education programs of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

$150 per person
$1,200 for a table of eight or $1,500 for table of ten

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Conservation scientist and host of the 2015 BBC/PBS special “Big Blue Live

Dr. M. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist,
writer, and Emmy-nominated news contributor
specializing in the role of conservation in saving people and nature. He is executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International.

In the summer of 2015, Sanjayan co-hosted “Big Blue Live,” PBS’s & BBC’s three-part television event, which showcased marine life on the Pacific Coast and which was the first live primetime natural history show on American television. He also hosted the 2015 PBS and National Geographic television series, “EARTH – A New Wild,” which was filmed in over 24 countries; and was a contributor on Showtime’s Emmy-winning series on climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.” He has appeared on numerous other programs, including “The Today Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and was named to Men’s Journal’s list of the “50 Most Adventurous Men” in 2015.

Sanjayan also co-led the launch of “Nature is Speaking” (www.natureisspeaking.org), Conservation International’s critically acclaimed campaign that features Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Penelope Cruz, among others; and that delivers a powerful message: people need nature to survive.

Sanjayan is a DisneyNature Ambassador, a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Clinton Global Initiative Advisor; and is on National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council. He posts frequently from his expeditions at @msanjayan.

Sanjayan holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a research faculty appointment with the Wildlife Program at the University of Montana.

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Brent and Sylvia Constantz






Bob and Carol Simpkins
Alexis Party Rental
University Center
California Pajarosa

Wine Sponsors
Frank Horath, Financial Advisor: Raymond James/Aptos
MJA Vineyards
John and Enid Rusev
Shopper’s Corner


Former Global Oceans Award recipients include:
2005 – Frans Lanting
2006 – Bruce McPherson
2007 – Leon Panetta
2008 – Marcia McNutt
2009 – Brent Constantz
2010 – Kathryn Sullivan
2011 – Julie Packard
2012 – Stephen Palumbi
2013 – Richard Harris
2014 – Andreas Merkl
2015 – Margaret Leinen

This semi-formal dinner is typically held in late winter or early spring. It is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.

IMGP3875Last year, we had the privilege of honoring Margaret Leinen and our two top Student Research and Education Award winners, Juliano Calil and Emily Slesinger.

This semi-formal dinner is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.


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Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM



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